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SD-WAN and MPLS: 2 Complementary Technologies

In addition to improving performance, cost efficiency is often an attraction for the adoption of new technologies. Especially if the technology is said to replace old technology which has been quite expensive. However, in some cases, new technology can be implemented alongside the old technology. One example can occur with SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Networks) and MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching).

MPLS is a technology used for traditional WAN, or services such as Metro Ethernet or IP-VPN. MPLS is designed to get low-latency data traffic, as well as more consistent and more stable connections. However, this technology is more expensive and complicated to manage and is only offered by certain companies.

Meanwhile, in many companies, traditional WAN (Wide Area Network) no longer meets the changing needs and conditions. Therefore, nowadays, almost all over the world, SD-WAN is the choice of many companies to upgrade their network, which offers various advantages compared to traditional WAN.

This is also supported by some research results that SD-WAN products are ready to become a mainstream technology. There are predictions that SD-WAN will displace MPLS technology on corporate networks because the adoption of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud computing services such as Office365, Salesforce, and so on makes data traffic decentralized and no longer efficient for MPLS. However, the comparison is not very precise. Because, in reality, SD-WAN can also be used with various types of data connections, including MPLS.

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